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Oregon Coast

wet sand between my toes,
I see the breakers
as a wild woman
deranged by the immense
mass at her back
she pounds her rush her gush
into the cliffs
the dunes
the reefs

her snarled bonnet of salted gray knots,
chaotic halo of flying wisps
blinds her
blinds us all

blasts of sand and brine
season the bitter spikes of beach grass,
armour verbena’s bright yellow bouquets,
homogenize bits of kelp, oxygen, crab carapace

a rare smile of lucid sunshine,
a brief burst of sanity
of tranquil hush
makes the power
of her rage
all the more wondrous

as I search the beach
for a channel
to this


KB Nelson is a Canadian writer. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Tiny Spoon, Nourish-Poetry, Sea-To-Sky Review, andPolar BorealisKB has resided from coast to coast in Canada, in Arizona, and in New Zealand. She currently lives, writes and combs the beaches on the unceded territory of the Sechelt First Nation on B.C.‘s Sunshine Coast


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